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SANTA ROSA

SRJC offering a crop of new cooking classes

Is this the year that you learn to cook for yourself, or expand your repertoire of dishes?

The Santa Rosa Junior College's Community Education program offers a crop of new cooking classes starting in February and continuing through the spring.

On Feb. 3, Bea Beasley will offer Basic Cooking for Beginners, a hands-on class that teaches the basics for survival and saving money.

On March 2, Ilona O'Brien will present The Art of Making Sushi, a hands-on class that introduces the fundamental skills needed to cook rice properly and roll your own.

On March 8, Mei Ibach will introduce students to the Street Food of Southeast Asia, a hands-on class ending with a flavorful feast.

For a complete list of classes, go to www.santarosa.edu/communityed.

PETALUMA

Lecture on living in a mindful manner

Patty Sherwood, nutrition educator for the community nonprofit Petaluma Bounty, will give a lecture on Holistic Nutrition and share ideas for healthy, vegan nutrition at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Petaluma Seed Bank.

Nutritional psychologist John Sanchez will talk about the psychology of eating and how to stick with a healthy diet.

The talk is presented by the Petaluma nonprofit Wellness Central and co-sponsored by Petaluma Bounty. To reserve, call (888) 234-1361 or send an e-mail to RSVP@wellnesscentral.us. The Petaluma Seed Bank is located at 199 Petaluma Blvd. N.

GUERNEVILLE

Joy Sterling next up in lecture series

Joy Sterling, CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards, will share her story and two of her wines from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Big Bottom Market in Guerneville.

The talk is part of the "Women on Wine -- Unfiltered" series presented by the market and VingDirect, a Santa Rosa winery marketing company.

Sterling will be pouring two wines: the 2010 unoaked Chardonnay and the 2008 Wedding Cuvee, paired with bites from Tricia Brown, chef of Big Bottom Market. Cost is $60.

To reserve, send an email to info@bigbottommarket.com. Seating is limited. 16228 Main St.

SONOMA COUNTY

A few more crab feeds crawling your way

Crab feeds continue to crowd the calendars of local folks who want to support schools, musical troupes, political parties and worthy nonprofits.

Here are a few crawling your way:

The City of Santa Rosa will hold its annual Crab Feed to benefit senior programs at 6 p.m., February 23 at the Finley Community Center. Dinner includes pasta, salad, French bread, dessert and wine. Tickets are $45. To purchase, go to the Bennett Valley Senior Center or the Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave. 543-3737.

The Santa Rosa High School Foundation will hold its annual Crab Feed at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Dinner also includes ceviche, clam chowder, Caesar salad. $50. For tickets, call 571-7747 or www.srhsf.org. 1351 Maple Ave.

Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma will hold its first-ever, all-you-can-eat Crab & Shrimp Feed at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Lagunitas Brewing Company's Beer Garden. The feast also includes salad, bread, wine and Lagunitas beer. Bring your own utensils. Tickets are $40. www.cinnabartheater.org. 1280 N. McDowell Blvd.

The Pacific Empire Chorus presents an all-you-can-eat Crab Feed at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Herzog Hall at the Petaluma Fairgrounds. Dinner also includes pasta from the Pasta King, wine and beer, plus live music. $40 in advance, $50 at the door. www.pacificempire.org or (877) 772-0087.

The Sonoma County Democratic party will host its annual Crab Feed at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Dinner includes pasta by the Pasta King, salad and dessert, along with Sonoma County wines. Tickets are $50. To reserve, go to www.sonomademocrats.org. 1351 Maple Ave.

NAPA

Oxbow Public Market anniversary party

Oxbow Public Market will throw a party this Monday through Jan. 25 to celebrate its five-year anniversary as a public market in downtown Napa.

To mark the occasion, there will be live music, daily specials and nightly drawings for prizes. The party will culminate at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 with a bash featuring free birthday cake from The Model Bakery and ice cream from Three Twins Ice Cream.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Oxbow Market is located at 610 and 644 First St. and is open daily. 226-6529 or www.oxbowpublicmarket.com.

Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com.

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This article has been revised to reflect the following correction.

CORRECTION added: January 30, 2013

Santa Rosa will hold its annual Crab Feed at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Finley Community Center. Tickets are $45. A story on Page D6 Wednesday gave a wrong date and price.